A31 safety concerns: 115 motorist detected speeding in one night
OVER 100 motorists were detected speeding along the A31 in a single night - as police responded to road safety concerns.
Officers from the Dorset Road Safe Partnership, along with colleagues from Hampshire Safer Roads carried out operations along the A31 using Safety Camera Vans and marked and unmarked motorcycles and cars.
Chief Inspector Tim Lumley, Head of Dorset Police Traffic said: "It was a good opportunity to work with colleagues from Hampshire responding to concerns from the public on a road that crosses the border of both counties.
"I believe the majority of drivers do not set out to break the law, however for the minority, it is a wilful disregard for the safety of other road users, pedestrians and indeed themselves.
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"We will continue to police the roads based on intelligence through enforcement and education, whichever is appropriate."
During the operation, 115 motorists were detected speeding, seven were caught using hand held devices, four were also reported for not wearing seatbelts. One driver was caught without a valid MOT and another was reported for driving without due care and attention.
The majority of those caught will undertake a Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) course rather than pay a fixed penalty.
One female driver caught driving at 75mph in a 50mph zone accepted her ticket - explaining she was speeding because she was late for church.
Brian Austin, Project Manager for 'no excuse' said: "The attitude of those stopped by officers in the majority was good and the way the officers dealt with them was well received.
"Most of those stopped understood they had committed offences and did not offer any argument. If we can get those caught on the DAS course and offer some guidance on safer driving, everybody benefits."
The 'no excuse' project launched in January 2010 and is the enforcement wing of Dorset Road Safe.